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Tips for Scheduling Team Meetings

  With the school year in full swing, sometimes problems come to a forefront where the entire team needs to meet on a certain student.  Or perhaps, to prevent problems from arising team meetings are needed to make sure all the key players are on the same page when supporting a student.  Now in theory […]

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8 Tips to Get Organized this School Year

School-based therapists have a tough job in terms of keeping all the paperwork requirements in an organized fashion.  With large caseloads and different schools, it can be a daunting task to keep it all in order.  Here are few ideas to help your stay organized during the school year: 1. Try using one color folder […]

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Free Scheduling Cards for OT and PT

These are ready just in time for the start of the school year (or use them anytime you change your schedule to update everyone).  These scheduling cards are the size of business cards.  Use them to inform teachers, students and parents what day and time a student has therapy and to provide your contact information. […]

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Free Lesson Plan Form for Therapy Sessions

Therapists can follow in the footsteps of teachers and create lesson plans for therapy sessions. This can be especially useful for group sessions or push in therapy. When the lesson plan is written, provide a copy to the teacher or parent to inform them of your goals for the session. It is a great way […]

Calling All School Based OTs and PTs in the USA – Help Develop a New School Based Tool

Sue Cecere, PT, MHS and Jodie Williams, OTR/L, MHA work in the public school systems in the state of Maryland. They have developed the Determination of Relevant Therapy Tool (DRTT) to guide therapists when making IEP-driven frequency and intensity decisions. They are seeking current public school OTs and PTs from across the country to participate […]

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5 Postural Exercises Using a Classroom Chair

Print this free hand out on 5 postural exercises that students and adults can do sitting in a classroom chair.  It is from 25 Tip Sheets for School Based Therapists.  Get the free hand out at YourTherapySource.com. – http://yourtherapysource.com/tipsheetsfreebie.html

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Lighten the Load – Therapy Ideas for the iPad or Tablet

Many school based therapists travel from school to school lugging equipment in and out of buildings.  Perhaps you work in one school and bring equipment in and out of classrooms for push in services.  We all know that if you have an iPad or tablet to use at work I am sure you have loaded […]

Therapists Learning from Teachers

School based occupational and physical therapists can learn so much from teachers.  We may know lots of information on fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual perceptual skills, sensory processing and coordination but we are lacking in many other educational traits.  Watch, oserve and learn from teachers (pushing in for therapy services offers this opportunity).  […]

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Rehab Services and Youth with CP

Child: Care, Health and Development published research on rehabilitation services and youth with cerebral palsy (CP) in Canada.  A questionnaire on rehabilitation and educational resources (OT, PT, Speech, Psychology and special education) received within the last 6 months was completed by the parents of 91 school-age children and 167 adolescents with CP. More than half […]

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School Based Therapy Resolutions

Since I posted these last year and certainly did not accomplish them all I though it was worth repeating below for 2013.  As I reflect on 2012 some goals were easier to reach than others – as for myself I was able to accomplish #3, #5, #6 and #7.  I definitely need to work on […]